The best way to treat allergies is to avoid allergy triggers and prevent the allergy symptoms from occurring before they even start. Here are a few tips to help get you through the fall allergy season.
triggers. Websites, such as Pollen.com, track allergen levels in the air on a daily basis. On days
when the levels of allergens in the air are particularly high, it can be helpful to follow these tips:
- Minimize the amount of time you spend outside.
- Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning if necessary.
- Avoid using fans that draw air in from the outside.
- Avoid drying your clothes outside after washing them.
- Avoiding allergens is often quite difficult. When avoiding allergens is not enough to prevent your allergy symptoms from occurring there are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications that you can use.
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines are used to stop your body’s reaction to allergy triggers. Examples of antihistamines include Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine). These are oral medications that can be taken on a daily basis to prevent allergy symptoms. You can even begin taking these medications before your allergy symptoms start.
- Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays such as Flonase (fluticasone), Nasacort (triamcinolone), and Rhinocort (budesonide) can help to also be used on a daily basis to prevent allergy symptoms. Like oral antihistamines, these nasal sprays can also be used before your allergies start, to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
- Decongestants: Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) is great for relieving nasal congestion caused by allergies. However, people with high blood pressure should not use this option. An alternative to Sudafed for patients with high blood pressure is nasal saline spray. Consult your pharmacist before using Sudafed.
- Eye drops: Allergic eye symptoms such as itchiness are best treated by eye drops that contain ketotifen (Zaditor or Alaway). Saline eye drops or Visine eye drops are helpful in relieving other symptoms of dryness, redness, and discomfort. You can also place a cool compress over your eyes for temporary relief.
If you’re experiencing fall allergies, stop by Gatti Pharmacy today. Our pharmacists can help you pick out the proper treatment to alleviate your allergies.